Red Maryland Pre-Session Survey: Mike Malone
What is your top legislative priority for the 2018 General Assembly Session?
My top priority is to stop the gerrymandering of both state and congressional districts in Maryland. I have prepared a Bill that would require putting to a vote of all Marylanders a requirement that congressional districts be compact in form, and follow natural geographic boundaries so that we end the drawing of congressional districts that look like a beheaded spider.
What are some of your other legislative priorities for the 2018 General Assembly Session?
Reducing Maryland’s taxes and holding the line on spending. We need to oppose renewed attempts to pass a state sanctuary Bill
What concerns you the most about the 2018 General Assembly Session?
I am concerned that the Democratic leaders of the General Assembly shall attempt by rhetoric or by legislation to embarrass Governor Hogan without any sound policy basis.
What are your budget priorities for the 2018 General Assembly Session?
Please see my previous response regarding legislative priorities. I will support budgetary matters to enable small business owners to thrive in Maryland.
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What are your local projects or bills of local interest will you be introducing or supporting during the 2018 General Assembly Session?
I will support bond Bills for the Cape St. Claire beach replenishment project and the new ARC headquarters in Anne Arundel County.
What are your thoughts on Governor Hogan’s paid sick leave proposal?
Overall I oppose mandates on business which hamper the ability of a small business owner to provide for his or her family and community; however, the Governor’s Bill is a lot better than the one passed in the General Assembly last year which I opposed.
What did you do on behalf of or in support of of Republican candidates or the Republican Party in 2017?
Except for during my tenure on the Board of Elections, I have supported the Republican Party with both by sweat equity and financial contributions since 1998. In 2017, I continue to do so including, but not limited to, the City election day in Annapolis assisting at the polls on a very rainy day.
What has been your biggest accomplishment as a legislator in the first three years of this term?
At the State House, I was primary sponsor of a Bill which made home invasion a crime of violence which enhanced the penalties of a criminal who threatened us in the one place we all to be safe. Outside of the State House, I was proud to participate in a Supreme Court Amicus Brief opposing gerrymandering.
If you are running for re-election or for another office, why should your constituents continue to support you?
My constituents should support me for my day in and day out effort to make District 33 and Maryland a better place. My signature issue has been calling for the end of gerrymandering in Maryland as the drawing of district lines by politicians rather than by the people leads to bad policy and a lack of intellectual honesty.